Dorothy Jeanne (Chilcoat) Thomason
On the morning of March 9, 2021, Heaven gained one of the most precious people God placed on Earth! The soul of Dorothy Jeanne Thomason peacefully passed through the golden gates meeting many family and friends from long ago. On Earth, Dorothy served her time well as a wife, mother, sister, aunt (known as Nina Dort!), friend, and follower of Jesus Christ. Funeral services for Dorothy will be held Monday, March 15th at the Spur Hwy 70 Church of Christ in Spur with graveside services to follow. Services are under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Spur and will also be live-streamed at zapatafuneralhome.net for those unable to attend. Facemasks are optional, but recommended, for those attending. The family will receive visitors at 9:30 AM on Monday at the church or after all services.
Dorothy Thomason, just five days short of her 94th birthday, died in Lubbock, Texas. She lived a true Christian life and lived by example to all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Dorothy was full of love, laughter, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and NO one will ever forget the numerous delicious meals she made for family & friends---and those wonderful yeast rolls! If someone needed help, she was there. If someone needed a comforting shoulder, hers was available. And if there was a need for a beautiful singing voice, she supplied it!
Dorothy was born in the booming metropolis of Truscott, Texas to John and Martha (Barton) Chilcoat on March 14, 1927. Her father died while she was young and she always reminisced about having her mom and Grandma Chilcoat raised 10 kids! Many stories were told of her having to sleep with two sisters---and Dorothy was responsible for warming up each of their bed spots! She loved telling the tales of growing up in rural farm life, going to school in Benjamin, Texas, and always said those were the “good ‘ol days”.
At a young age, Dorothy married Joe Ben Qualls in 1944 in Benjamin. Out of this union, four wonderful children were born: Cheryl, Terrell Joe (Terry), Mayre, and Laurie Kay Qualls. Though this union dissolved in later years, this family collected many fond memories of growing up and sharing love.
On July 11, 1987, Dorothy wed J.W. Thomason in Abilene, Texas. This nuptial resulted in a large blended family of 10 children with many in-laws and grandchildren to come! Dorothy & J.W. made their home in Spur, Texas. While there, she was involved in many community activities and served in many capacities for local organizations and church. Dorothy left her legacy to this large family by claiming ALL the kids as her own! Love did not get smaller as the numbers grew but enlarged to let all know they were wanted. When J.W. passed away in 2009, the family worked as one unit in taking care of our “MaMa”.
Left to cherish her life, love, legacy, and memory are Cheryl (Leonard) Harper of Amarillo; Terry Qualls of Lubbock; Mayre (Keith) Stewart of Cleburne; Janice Brown of Moody; Jay Lyle (Lorita) Thomason of Spur; Ken (Madeline) Starcher of Canyon; Dane (Tammy) Thomason of Sweetwater; John Starcher of Lubbock; Annette (Russell) Evers of Lubbock; and daughter in law Debbie Starcher of Lubbock. She is also survived by one sister, Gaye Barkley of Napa Valley, California. Dorothy leaves a loving memory to 29 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. Dorothy always had pride in helping raise in her family Jon McLain, Larry Crooks, and Jacque Field. They are her “kids” also!
Preceding Dorothy were her husband J.W. Thomason, daughter Laurie Kay Qualls, son George Starcher, son-in-law Glen Brown, and four grandchildren. Dorothy rejoined her siblings before her in Glory of Connell Houston, Betty (Sister) Killingsworth, Estelle McLain, Ladelle Abbott, her only brother John Chilcoat, Ethyl Mae Ratliff, Chris Fannin, and Mayre Jo Chilcoat.
Serving as pallbearers, Andrew Evers, Aaron Evers, Caleb Lance, Adam Stewart, Jayson Thomason and Donnie Baldridge. Serving as honorary pallbearers, Harper Carthel and Eli Carthel.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the Lakeside Rehabilitation and Health Center for their excellent care given to mom as life ended. You all made it so much easier for her and her family!
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